85356 Freising, de
+49 (89) 23031-626
Texas Instruments' new AM1810 Sitara(TM) ARM® MPU, a certified single-chip PROFIBUS® solution, reduces power consumption and cost by up to 30 percent for industrial applications
TI demonstrates commitment to industrial market and joins PROFIBUS International (PI) and gains certification of PROFIBUS slave implementation
Compared to multi-chip solutions on the market today, the AM1810 Sitara ARM MPU connects the PROFIBUS interface directly to the RS-485 transceiver, eliminating the need for an ASIC or FPGA. Customers can also design smaller enclosures and housings with easier thermal designs for their PROFIBUS-based products due to the AM1810 Sitara ARM MPU's low power architecture. The combination of removing the FPGA or the ASIC, reducing board space and introducing a simpler thermal design, results in bill of materials (BOM) savings of up to 30 percent.
The PROFIBUS real-time frame handler, called the Fieldbus Data Link (FDL), is implemented utilizing the Programmable Real-Time Unit (PRU), which is part of the AM1810 Sitara ARM MPU on-chip peripherals. The PRU is tightly coupled with the ARM processor through the on-chip system bus, yielding shorter control cycle time and increased system response time - running up to 12 MBaud PROFIBUS decentralized peripherals (DP) communication. Multiple memory options allow customers to run a PROFIBUS node without external memory, booting through serial flash and running PROFIBUS on internal RAM. The solution also has an operating system abstraction layer, which makes the PROFIBUS DP protocol stack independent of the operating system, allowing complete design flexibility.
Pre-certified silicon and stack software with PROFIBUS Certification
The TI PROFIBUS DP slave implementation earned the PI certification through ComDeC, a PROFIBUS Certification Lab hosted by Siemens AG. This particular certification was earned on the PROFIBUS interface on TI's AM1810 Sitara ARM MPU, which allows industrial designers and developers to design with confidence that they are meeting industrial standards.
"In the industrial space, the PROFIBUS standard is synonymous with reliable networking, and with this certification, TI is giving a higher assurance that our product is a quality alternative to existing solutions," said Ram Sathappan, industrial end equipments manager, Texas Instruments Inc. "We are very excited to be a member of PI and introduce our certified AM1810 Sitara ARM MPU PROFIBUS solution to the industrial market. Our aim is to help our customers reduce BOM costs, PCB space and design time. We are confident that TI's one chip solution, the AM1810 Sitara ARM MPU with PROFIBUS, will do just that."
In addition to the PROFIBUS interface, the AM1810 Sitara ARM MPU supports EtherCAT® Master protocol on the integrated Ethernet port. This allows industrial designers to develop products with multi-protocol support.
Pricing, software, tools and availability
Customers can start developing their designs today with the TMDXEVM1810 evaluation module (EVM) for $995. The software development kit includes a Linux kernel 2.6.33 board support package, as well as Windows® Embedded CE, PRU configuration tool, PRU CAN, PRU UART and touch screen demo. In addition to the EVM, TI Design House partner, Critical Link LLC, has a production-quality industrial ETX standards based development board with AM1810 Sitara ARM MPU priced at $749 that includes the Real Time Linux kernel board support package with the PROFIBUS demonstration and evaluation software.
The AM1810 Sitara ARM MPU with PROFIBUS is available for sampling and priced at USD $9.95 in 1,000 unit quantities (1ku) from TI and TI authorized dealers.
Find out more about TI's Industrial portfolio at the links below:
- Industrial Automation: http://www.ti.com/am1810prlp
- ComDeC Certification : www.siemens.com/comdec
About PROFIBUS International
PROFIBUS® International (PI) is the world's leading field bus, with more than 31 million devices installed globally by 1400+ member companies. Described by open standards IEC 61158 and IEC 61784, PROFIBUS is used for applications requiring coordinated motion and safe operation of networked industrial devices. It eliminates point-to-point cabling and reduces complexity, installation and maintenance cost for factory automation, process control, industrial drives, motion control, and safety devices such as emergency stop push buttons.
The use of information published here for personal information and editorial processing is generally free of charge. Please clarify any copyright issues with the stated publisher before further use. In the event of publication, please send a specimen copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.